| Jul 12, 2009
•Scientific name: Hibiscus coccineus.
•Growth habit: A clump forming shrublike deciduous perennial with upright shoots growing to 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The leaves are medium to dark green with up to five fingerlike lobes and growing to...
| Jun 13, 2010
| 8:07 PM
Every summer I manage to get stung by a wasp. This summer is no exception.
On a recent Sunday, I was sitting on the porch reading. On the other side of the porch is a garden bed in which a rambling rosemary bush had sprawled over the walkway and grown...
| Jul 29, 2010
| 5:25 AM
Mountain mint is a native wildflower you see growing throughout Virginia during summer.
With its narrow leaves, the plant features a delicate, somewhat airy appearance, according to Helen Hamilton, president of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native...
| Aug 2, 2009
•Scientific name: Ficus carica.
•Growth habit: A deciduous large shrub to small tree with a rounded shape and open branching habit growing to 12 feet tall and wide. The dark-green deeply notched leaves are rounded in shape and grow to 8...
| Aug 12, 2010
| 3:50 AM
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When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Which is what tropical plants do when it's hot,...
| Aug 9, 2009
•Scientific names: Lantana hybrids
•Growth habit: An evergreen mound-forming perennial growing to 5 foot tall and wide, but new varieties are often much smaller. The leaves are medium to dark green, lance-like to ovate in shape with rounded...
| Feb 3, 2010
| 3:57 PM
When gardening experts say Hampton Roads is in a transition zone, they aren't kidding.
No matter what gardening guide I check, southeastern Virginia is caught in the middle — squeezed between southern and northern climates.
In the 2010 Old Farmer'...
| Feb 11, 2010
| 3:28 AM
Even though he studies biology and lives on campus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Nick Flanders often visits his mother's home in Newport News where he maintains bird feeders filled with sunflower, mixed and thistle seeds and suet.
| Feb 17, 2010
| 4:11 PM
Sweetgum, a tree most people dislike because the spiny fruits drop and hurt your feet when you walk on them, is a valuable food source for songbirds and squirrels that eat the plant's seeds.
A large tree with a straight trunk, sweetgum is a fast-...
| Aug 20, 2009
August is prep time for upcoming maintenance on your cool-season fescue lawn.
This month, kill any weeds in your yard before you seed and fertilize this fall. If your lawn is 50 percent or less weeds, use Roundup or a similar product to spot kill...
| Feb 25, 2010
By now, husband Ken and I have usually finished our annual pruning chores.
Mother Nature's endless rain and snow, however, delayed our plans this year, so we've been spring cleaning indoors until we can get outdoors and evaluate what needs to be done....